Senjou no Valkyria 3 -Unrecorded Chronicles- Original Soundtrack

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Senjou no Valkyria 3 -Unrecorded Chronicles- Original Soundtrack
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Composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto
Arranged by Azusa Chiba / Dave Volpe / Kimihiro Abe / Nicole Brady / Noriyuki Kamikura / Yoshimi Kudo
Published by Basiscape Records
Catalog number BSPE-1030~1
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 2 CD - 37 tracks
Release date February 23, 2011
Duration 01:52:32
Genres Acoustic / Classical / Classical: Modern / Classical: Orchestral Music / Dance / Flamenco / Pop
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Overview

An early success of the PS3 era, the first Valkyria Chronicles was scored by Hitoshi Sakimoto, in an increasingly rare solo effort. A sequel followed for the PSP, and now another, both scored by Sakimoto. This soundtrack release includes additional guitar arrangements of music from the series.

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Sakimoto reveals himself yet again as a master of orchestration and thematic manipulation. Ideas form and collapse before our ears, and joy can melt into sadness or repose in an instant. The orchestration is so perfected, its effects so natural, that one can too easily take it for granted. Take, for example, the opening moments of the main theme: a trumpet call reminiscent of John Williams leads into a flamenco inspired guitar passage, which segues into a march. The tone varies between triumphant and striving. It is very effective, and its construction much more natural than the above implies, but unfortunately it lacks freshness, feeling too close to its inspiration.

"In Search of the Next Battle" introduces an important secondary thematic element, of a similar style to the main theme. The track's underlying bassline, however, is straight out of Vagrant Story, and despite the excellence of the orchestration (the entrance of the piano, doubled quietly by strings and synth, is a highlight), it feels underdeveloped. The same theme reappears in "As a Squad," where it is used as a prelude to the main theme, and in "'The Nameless', Takeoff!".

The action themes, such as "Seesawing" and "Crow of Disaster," are well executed but not given enough time to develop and gain momentum before they are looped. Part of "Dark Hero" sounds more akin to Hans Zimmer than Sakimoto, and the only interesting part of "Final Decisive Battle" is the appearance of the main theme partway through. The rest contains cymbal crash after cymbal crash, sometimes doubled with anvil, and as the mix is very muddy, it ends up just sounding like noise.

Some of the soundtrack's better moments feature interesting instruments or combinations rather than a standard orchestral palette. Despite its short length, "The Looming Sound of Ammunition Boots" makes a stronger impression as a tension theme of a very different color, combining gamelan and slap bass with orchestra. The exotic sound of the gamelan makes another appearance in "Fear and Guts," weaving subtly in and out of the texture. "OPEN FIRE!" features acoustic guitar and synth pads, and although it sticks out, it does so in a good way. In the first section of "We Are 'The Nameless'," a lively fiddle tune dissolves into a melancholy interlude.

After a triumphal reprise of the main theme in "Unnamed Heroes" comes a guitar arrangement of the main theme in "Together with a Little Fortune." This leads into the bonus tracks of the album, arrangements of pieces from the previous two games in the series by various Basiscape composers. It's surprising, if gratifying to hear how well these orchestral pieces work in arrangement for guitar, and all four of these tracks are well arranged and performed. I would single out "Theme of Valkyria ~Guitar ver.~" as my favorite, though, as it builds wonderfully throughout.

Summary

Sakimoto's best scores, Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy XII, were solid throughout. Every piece, it seemed, was a part of the greater whole. Since he formed the Basiscape team and began focusing on producing scores in addition to composing them, Sakimoto has perhaps not had the chance to produce another such masterpiece. Unfortunately, while it contains a number of highlights, including its well-executed bonus tracks, the Valkyria Chronicles III soundtrack falls far short of Sakimoto's best work.



Album
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Music in game
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Game
0/10

Ben Schweitzer

Sound Production
Basiscape

Music & Arrangement
Hitoshi Sakimoto

Mix
Masaaki Kaneko

Orchestral Recording Staff
(Disc1-1, Disc 2-1)

Orchestra
Sydney Scoring Orchestra

Solo Trumpet
Matt Dempsey

Lead Orchestration
Nicole Brady

Orchestration & Transcription
Dave Volpe


Additional Recording Staff

Acoustic Guitar
Mitsuhiro Ohta

Violin
Teisena

Trumpet
野口 勇介


Original Soundtrack Staff

Recording and Mixing and Mastering Engineer
Masaaki Kaneko

Disc 2 Bonus Track Arrangement
Yoshimi Kudo (#15)
Noriyuki Kamikura (#16)
Azusa Chiba (#17)
Kimihiro Abe (#18)

Acoustic Guitar
Mitsuhiro Ohta


*2-15, 2-16 and 2-18 from Valkyria Chronicles
*2-17 from Valkyria Chronicles II

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 17.09.2010    1193
Album was composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto and was released on February 23, 2011. Soundtrack consists of 37 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Basiscape Records.

Sounds like Acoustic, Classical, Dance, Flamenco, Pop - that's what we can say about this album.

CD 1

1
Valkyria Chronicles III Main Theme
03:43
2
Fierce Battlefield
03:11
3
In Search of The Next Battle
03:09
4
Counter Offence!
03:26
5
The Looming Sound of Ammunition Boots
02:32
6
We Are "The Nameless"
03:00
7
Daily Lives of "The Nameless"
03:02
8
Signs of Unrest
02:20
9
Swirling Conspiracy
02:41
10
Fear and Guts
03:19
11
Seesawing
02:55
12
Crow of Disaster
02:24
13
Critical Moment!
02:04
14
A Momentary Rest
03:01
15
Damn it!
03:19
16
Are The Customers Pigeons?
02:42
17
Dark Hero
02:41
18
That is "The Nameless"
03:23
19
Connecting Hearts
02:54

CD 2

1
Valkyria Chronicles III Main Theme (Short ver.)
01:13
2
Riela Marceris
03:47
3
As a Squad
03:25
4
"The Nameless", Takeoff!
03:03
5
With Pride in Hearts
03:58
6
OPEN FIRE!
02:40
7
Risking Everything on This Stroke
02:10
8
Must-win Battle
03:07
9
With You...
02:39
10
Steady Preparedness
02:52
11
Final Decisive Battle
04:24
12
Unnamed Heroes
04:00
13
To The Fortune of Mutual Trust
01:40
14
Together With A Little Fortune
01:59
15
Theme of Valkyria ~Guitar ver.~
03:40
16
Gallant Battle ~Guitar ver.~
03:37
17
Final Battle ~Guitar ver.~
03:56
18
Series's Main Theme ~Guitar ver.~
04:36
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